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Another crack at Yaroomba Classic

WATCH THIS SPACE: In-form Jake Vincent will be a contender for the junior title.
WATCH THIS SPACE: In-form Jake Vincent will be a contender for the junior title. Braydz

IT'S Yaroomba Classic: take two.

The exclusively local surfing competition originally scheduled for last month, but cancelled because of a lack of swell, will be held this weekend.

With only a handful of withdrawals and a couple of high-profile additional nominations, all divisions are stacked with great surfers in the competition's 25th year.

The two-day event will showcase the region's best male and female surfers in nine divisions, from under-14s to the over-50.

Multiple event winner Dave Reardon Smith, unable to make the original dates, returns from a comp in the Philippines to defend his senior men's title and have a go at the open as well.

Trev Tripcony, with four event wins in the last decade, will be a form surfer as usual on home turf. Two-time winner Dane Hamilton will also be back chasing glory.

The junior men's division will be a standout, with Coolum's Matt Williams and Jake Vincent in good form for the weekend.

The open men's will feature a repechage division, in which everyone knocked out in the first round will surf another division.

The first heats of the Classic, organised by Coolum Boardriders, will begin at 7am on Saturday.

Presentations will be held at The Coolum Hotel beer garden from 5pm on Sunday.

Coolum Boardriders president Daryl Maudsley said Yaroomba was obviously the first preference for the contest site.

"But with Coolum as the back-up venue, Coolum Boardriders will attempt to run the event in the best surf possible," he said.


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